Don’t let the headline freak you out. It’s not as bad as it sounds… We’ll start with some background, and then I’ll tell you the details.
David Poindexter is our guest in this month’s show. David is the “GeekEO” of nvisionative. I’ve interviewed him before in a Hotcakes Hangout, so you can get a lot of information about David and his company nvisionative there. In this show though, we wanted to focus on community activities. David and his fellow DNN’ers in the Charlotte, NC area have been doing great things for years now, so we wanted to pick his brain a bit, and then we finished things off with a very HUGE surprise for the DNN community.
There are two DNN conferences coming up very soon. DNNCon is in April, held in Baltimore, Maryland, and DNN-Connect is in Girona, Spain in June. Our guests are all organizers or co-organizers, and they spend some time with us
In this episode, we have the pleasure to speak with another veteran of the DNN community, Mandeep Singh. Mandeep is the CEO and founder of Mandeeps, one of the most successful and seasoned vendors in the DNN ecosystem. Like some of our previous guests, Mandeep has been using DNN since the beginning – and it shows. He and his team have been extremely successful in building up a large following of customers due to their focus on usability and support. As you’ll soon find out, they are raising the bar with the latest Live Forms release.
Practice makes perfect, right? At least that’s what “they” say. In this case, we attempted to do a special edition DNN Hangout about DNN and GitHub. Unfortunately, the first time we did it, we only showed a single screen. So we did it again! In this hangout, we focus on the process and steps that are performed when you contribute to the DNN GitHub project. This will be helpful to not only understand the process, but also get some ideas for process in your own projects.
We’ve been doing the DNN Hangout for almost a year now. The primary focus for each hangout is to help the community know what’s going on in the community and the overall ecosystem. This hangout seems to have captured that focus far better than any prior. We invited the founding members of the DNN-Connect Association: Peter Donker, Philipp Becker, and Vicenç Masanas. In this hangout, we learn more about the founders, what DNN-Connect is, and about the very near DNN-Connect 2015 event.
It’s been a LONG time since I began and last updated the “participate” blog series. A lot of things have changed since then. I am at a new company. Shaun Walker moved on too. Joe Brinkman is now leading community. Charles Nurse took over as the Chief Architect. The DNN core is now much more open for contributions, and so many more changes. Regardless to your personal opinions, there is a bright future for DNN. Part of this is the introduction of working groups, one of which is the Training working group that I am leading – and I need your help. Nay… The COMMUNITY needs your help!
The most common issues and questions that I come across on a daily basis are very often a result of not knowing the DNN Platform as well as it could be known. Like with any tool, the better you know it, how to manipulate it, the best techniques behind it, and so on… The better that you will be at using that tool. The faster you will be at accomplishing tasks with the right solution. Every solution is only as good as the people that run it. This is your opportunity to walk away with the critical knowledge that is foundational to you being the best DNN resource that you can be – and have a blast with others in the DNN community at the same time.
This is the second post in a series of blog posts that will focus on ways that you can participate in DNN in some way. Participation is incredibly important. Without it, any community will suffer, and an open source community like ours knows this all too well if you look at the history of open source. After all, what good is any project if no one is using it. Luckily, we have had the luxury of millions of users, nearly a million production sites, over a thousand eco-system vendors & system integrators, and more. We have thrived more than most. However, like I stated before, there are a ton of ways for you to participate. If you’re new to DNN, this post will help you help others by answering questions.
You should already be aware, but there is an incredibly active and vibrant user group in Charlotte, North Carolina called Queen City DotNetNuke User Group or QCDUG. These folks were also the masterminds behind the Day of DotNetNuke Charlotte last year. When they agreed to do another event this year, I couldn’t even tell you how excited I was because last year was so awesome! These gentlemen sure did not disappoint when they organized and held their second event, this time branded in a fun way as Southern Fried DNN! What a great way to participate in our community!